I decided to draft this week’s find it local post at 4 AM today while watching the Royal Wedding. I may take some flak for such an early morning on a work day, but anyone who saw Catherine Middleton step out of the car in that dress will understand. And the hats! I loved the hats! Crossing my fingers for a major fashion comeback. Getting up so early was indisputably worth it; I love weddings.
Which brings me to today’s local find. My snack of choice while watching the princess wedding: popcorn, freshly popped and locally grown. I cannot get enough when I am in front of the TV. I’ll empty the entire bowl before the previews to a movie are even over. Experimenting with different seasonings and butters provides enough variety to keep me happily munching. Plus, when it comes to controlling preservatives, sodium, and other expletives in processed snack foods, air-popped popcorn can help the crunchy snack cravings, without the dietary dangers.
Here’s three Minnesota sources to get you started. If you have the space in your garden this year, consider throwing in a few rows and harvest your own!
Whole Grain Milling
Located in Welcome, MN 165 miles from St. Paul, Whole Grain Milling grows both yellow and white popcorn varieties. I buy it in bulk at either Mississippi Market locations and store it in a covered canning jar. It stays fresh and easy to measure for the right serving size. Other retail locations can be found here.
Clem’s Homegrown Popcorn
Grown in Castle Rock Township about 30 miles from St. Paul, Clem’s Homegrown Popcorn comes in 2 pound cloth bags, each filled with 25+ years of growing experience. The supply becomes available in October-November each year and often sells quickly. It is available at Ferndale Market in Cannon Falls, Greg’s Meats in Hampton, and at the Farmington Farmers’ Market. Read more about their growing/processing here.
At the Farm
At The Farm, in Waconia, MN is about 40 miles west of St. Paul. Popcorn here is grown in a small plot, harvested on the cob and dried hanging. It can be purchased at the farm site or by mail. Check out the details here.
I also encourage checking at the farmers’ markets. Year-round many vendors will have small bags available for purchase including ornamental varieties. Here’s a map of some of the popcorn locations I’ve found around the state:
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